The Woodridge boys track and field squad opened league competition at the home Mercer Track with a pair of wins.

Head coach Les Carney saw his Bulldogs win 80-48 over Norton and 104-24 over Ravenna in the Portage Trail Conference meet April 4.

"Jacob Mally led the way winning three events," said the Woodridge mentor, who had praise for a slew of athletes.

Mally captured first in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.7 seconds, the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches, and the gifted senior also crossed first in the 300 hurdles in 41.2 seconds.

Carney was also pleased with Max Starvaggi, Jiah Bowers, Ryan Palm, and DeAndre Smith, who also grabbed wins.

A senior, Starvaggi won the 800-meter race in 2 minutes, 8.1 seconds, Palm captured 1,600 race in 4:48.9, and Smith ran a 23.9-second 200 race to win. Palm is a senior and Smith is a junior.

Bowers placed first in the shot put as the veteran senior won with a toss of 41-feet, 3.5 inches.

"Freshman hurdlers Evan Wagner, Reece Mercer, and Josh Mally continue to show promise for the future of the program, plus Andrew Gilles posted his second PR (personal record) of the season in the shot, and Cairo Conrad beat his personal best in the 200 meters," said Carney.

Carney also saw all four relays win -- the 400-meters, the 800, 1,600, and the 3,200 relay.

The Bulldogs will compete at the Kenston Relays April 7, and hosts league foes Coventry and Streetsboro April 11.

Woodridge (2-0) shared the PTC Metro Division championship last season with Coventry.

"This season we expect that 2016 PTC Metro Co-Champion Coventry will once again be in the mix for the league championship," said Carney. "Streetsboro again brings the areas strongest sprint crew to league competition."

The Bulldogs opened the season April 1 in a meet at Orrville and teamed with the Woodridge girls team to win in the first annual co-ed April Fools Quad.

Woodridge outscored Orrville 115-62 to win, and also beat Doylestown Chippewa, and Lodi Cloverleaf in the brisk conditions.

"I thought our boys dominated the competition, winning 12 of the 17 events," said Carney.

Andy Muha, Micah Blair, Leo Ramsey, Greg Muha, Mally, King Alfred Sanders, Aaron Richardson, Smith, Dijon White, Palm, Robert Singletary, Jonas Pyle, Starvaggi, Yousef Elkurd, and King Alcardon Sanders all won events for the Dogs.


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